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Dana Forsythe Studies in Popular Culture Paul Morrison Willful Ignorance and The Lion King The subject of willful ignorance in the movie Philadelphia is obvious as the partners in Andys law firm pretend to not notice that he is sick with the deadly syndrome AIDS This is a form of power on their point because they use it to justify firing Andy for fear of contamination Willful ignorance is also a major part of The Lion King The main difference in the two movies though is that in Philadelphia willful ignorance is shown through the characters of the law firm partners In The Lion King we as an audience are the ones who are invited to be ignorant to the subject matter held within The main points of the forced ignorance in the movie are the fact that Scars sexuality is masked through the movie and that his true identity of being a homosexual is never discussed only hinted at The fact that the hyenas represent inner city black youth is never discussed or pointed out is another example The last example is how in The Lion King the circle of life is a paradox to the food chain This shows how the lions symbolizing white suburban America is always on top The fact that Scar is gay in this movie is a curious one The movies villain turns out to be gay So what does that say about the communities outlook on homosexuals Scars quote to Simba when he is younger You have no idea in response to Simbas statement Youre really weird uncle Scar hints at Scars true self The audiences ignorance is invited by the movie through dialogue like this The audiences hatred for Scar comes into play when Scars sexuality comes into question They are forced to hate Scar for being the villain but why not make Scar gay so the audience has
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